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Funding to grow and preserve region’s future

Our region’s culture, rangatahi and critically endangered species will be the beneficiaries of four projects funded through a new environmental Trust.

The Pan Pac Environmental Trust launched this year with the aim of providing $100,000 annually towards environmental and cultural projects in Hawke’s Bay. Applications for funding closed late September and the standard of submissions was exceptional, says Reece O’Leary, Pan Pac Environmental Manager and Trust chair.

‘The Trustees were impressed with the quality of all the projects proposed, which demonstrates an incredible desire by the community to preserve the environmental and cultural character of our region for future generations,” says Reece.

Out of the 12 applications submitted, four projects were selected for funding:

  • $50,000 towards a cultural project run by the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust in partnership with local hapū. It will be used to deliver a series of wānanga to 50 rangatahi (youth) over a 12-month period about environmental issues and concepts, to develop better cultural awareness and understanding. Rangitahi will learn traditional navigation skills, how to raise native trees and will learn about the importance of pest control and trapping.
Three environmental projects were selected to share in the remaining $50,000:
  • Te Wai Mauri Trust to establish a native plant nursery for the restoration of waterways to increase biodiversity and provide for traditional medicines
  • Ōtātara Outdoor Learning Centre workshops at the Eastern Institute of Technology to upskill kaiako (teachers) from Hawke’s Bay schools and kura to gain the confidence to teach in and with nature, connecting both educators and learners with our local environment and cultural heritage.
  • Propagation of the endangered Kākābeak/Ngutukākāand the development of an urban seed bank to encourage urban dwellers to plant Ngutukākāin their backyards.
Applications will be invited for the next round of funding in early 2021. For more details, visit or follow on Facebook: